The fastest way to change yourself is to hang out with people who are already the way you want to be.— Reid Hoffman
The most successful Reid Hoffman quotes that are glad to read
No matter how brilliant your mind or strategy, if you're playing a solo game, you'll always lose out to a team.
If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you've launched too late.
Ironically, in a changing world, playing it safe is one of the riskiest things you can do.
An entrepreneur is someone who jumps off a cliff, and builds a plane on his way down.
Success...is no longer a simple ascension of steps. You need to climb sideways and sometimes down, and sometimes you need to swing from the jungle gym and establish your own turf somewhere else on the playground.
Your network is the people who want to help you, and you want to help them, and that's really powerful.
People will be discovering that the Internet helps their career.
One of my theses is that every individual is now a small business; how you manage your own personal career is the exact way you manage a small business. Your brand matters. That is how LinkedIn operates.
Silicon Valley is a mindset, not a location.
The real secret of Silicon Valley is that it's really all about the people
Great opportunities almost never fit your schedule.
You jump off a cliff and you assemble an airplane on the way down.
One thing I learned in '97, when I thought the right time to found a company was during a swing-up, is that it's much better to start during an economic downturn. Partnerships are easier; hiring is easier; and the competition starts later.
Every individual is essentially now a small business and entrepreneur.
Innovation comes from long-term thinking and iterative execution.
The value of being connected and transparent is so high that the roadbumps of privacy issues are much lower in actual experience than people's fears.
It's nice to be happy. But the meaning of life is meaning - what's the impact you're having on the world. Suffering to accomplish that is a perfectly fine thing.
What makes the meaning of life is people, so you try to be good to people immediately around you and in your broader community. So a lot of my projects are about how I can affect the world in the hundreds of millions.
All humans are entrepreneurs not because they should start companies but because the will to create is encoded in human DNA.
In software speed to market, speed to learning is really key.
In hardware if you screw it up you are dead. So accuracy really matters.
I think the randomness by Donald Trump's governing, by tweeting, sloganeering, attacking, will create great chaos in the entire market. I think people will have difficulties in predicting the future. I think capital will recede.
One of the ways they run forward is by viewing the thing they’re doing as something that’s going to be the whole world.
Help the people in your network. And let them help you.
This is classic when you begin thinking about what is a great founder is, you navigate what is apparent paradoxes.
The metaphor that I frequently use for entrepreneurship is jumping off a cliff and assembling an airplane plane on the way down.
One of the really key things to look at in terms of crafting strategy when you're in an economic crises is how do you maximize essentially your liquidity position? Your ability to both take kind of profits and revenues and business and then convert that into a stronger lead. And so those companies that can do that can actually, you know, get a march on their competitors.
If I ever hear a founder talk about oh this is how I have a balanced life so on and so forth - they're not committed to winning.
When you’re doing work you care about, you are able to work harder and better.
Silicon Valley tends to believe in the individual who creates a small group and does something big.
Be persistent, and hang on to your vision. And at the same time, be flexible.
[Hillary Clinton] is also smart, she talks to people, she hears, and she says, "OK, I need to update, we need some much bigger changes."
One of the tests that I frequently use in an interaction is I push on the idea and what I'm looking for is both flexibility & persistence.
We've been working for years on how we can use technology to help people make their own jobs, become entrepreneurs, create their own small businesses. Those are the kinds of things that I and a bunch of other people at LinkedIn actually work on.
Because in our boom times, everything is growing, usually, you know, the kind of things that come to mind are Wild, Wild, West, or land grabs, you know, these sorts of things, in order to make something, you know, kind of to grow into the future and to get all the growth that you need to have. So you tend to hire a lot because you're running fast to the future.
I think most of [people] are not very well educated themselves to understand the Winston Churchill line - democracy is the worst of all governments until you consider all the other ones.
When you turn a company profitable you've gone from a company whose days are numbered to a company whose days can be infinite.
The challenge when you think about product distribution is: how are you competing for potential customers or potential members time?
The key thing is to invest in the future and what that means is when you're deploying technology or you're a technology business, is to make sure that you're keeping on the innovation cycle, where you're both creating and adopting the new business practices, and the new techniques in order to drive your business the right way.
There are opportunities that you get during crises times.
Crises times are a great time to start a business.
That's part of the reason why we also need to focus on, how do I give to society, how do I participate in society, how do I make society a better place, because, by the way, it's good for me, but it's also good for all of us in the environment in which we live and work.
If you can get better at your job, you should be an active member of LinkedIn, because LinkedIn should be connecting you to the information, insights and people to be more effective.
What is an entrepreneur? Someone who jumps off a cliff and builds a plane on the way down.
World-changing startups need to be premised on accurate contrarian theories.
It's useful to be able to recognize whether you're on track or not.
To have that belief, but also paranoia about am I tracking against my investment thesis.
Managing risk is a key variable, frankly, all aspects of life, business is just one of them, and one of the things that most people do in terms of managing risk, that's actually bad thinking, is they think they can manage risk to zero. Everything has some risk to it. You know, you drive your car down the street, a drunk driver may hit you. So what you're doing is you're actually trying to get to an acceptable level of risk.
Donald Trump has shown that he will essentially attack individuals, make Second Amendment jokes.
The key thing that I find that when you're kind of in boom times and you're hiring bunches, if you can hire, you know, always maintain very high standards and even if you, you know, can't find enough of, you know, what is typically called A players, then don't hire the people. All right? So, you know, use that as a way of standards.
Everything in life has some risk, and what you have to actually learn to do is how to navigate it.
I think Hillary [Clinton] hears the anger in a broad swath of the American people, and she says, "OK, how do I help create a future that's good for you?"
The reality is: a founder is someone who deals with a ton of different headaches and no one is universally super powered.
I think the boarding schools are like miniature versions of "Lord of the Flies."